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Cottage Life: Beyond the Honeybee

Scientists, farmers, and beekeepers are paying attention. Now that the world's most infamous insecticides are turning up in lakes, you should too.

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Cottage Life: How the Nest was Done

When our cottage neighbours decide to build something new, we usually know about it, but we may not be aware of the avian real estate development that happens every spring. This story explores the nesting habits of nine easily identified bird species including Ruby-throated hummingbirds, Grey jays and Belted kingfishers. Want to know who uses caterpillar cocoons?

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up here: Arthur Moffatt

When Arthur Moffatt set off for the Barrenlands in 1955, he envisioned a land of plenty. He was plenty wrong. This story captures some of the history of the Moffatt expedition on Nunavut's Dubawnt River.

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Cottage Life: DIY Maple Syrup

I thought that making my own maple syrup would be easy and romantic. I would tap that gorgeous old maple and boil it down. How hard could it be? Read about the mess I made and the results in this issue of Cottage Life magazine.

up here: What I Learned at Bush U

Teaching looks a lot like learning at Dechinta Bush University. This isn’t any old campus. The school is located at Blachford Lake Lodge, 25 minutes east of Yellowknife by float plane on the traditional territory of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation.

Back and Beyond

Lake Journal: Back and Beyond

Five friends and I completed a 54-day canoe expedition on Nunavut's Back River in the summer of 2005. I was ready to be tested, but I never imagined the combination of grief, beauty and disaster that would push me to the limit and leave me with a new understanding of the wild. I wrote this essay at the Banff Centre's Literary Journalism program in 2005.